Rich, buttery and just 5 cents each, Chicago Public Schools’ iconic butter cookies made lunchtime all the merrier from the 1960s and through the ’80s. These classic shortbread cookies, pressed with three fingers for good measure and baked to toasty perfection, once graced cafeteria trays across the city.
Cheryl Crockett was working in the corporate world when a college friend shared her recipe for the cafeteria classic. “I adapted the recipe, hoping to re-create the happy school-day memories these cookies inspired, and brought some to a family get-together. From that day forward, I couldn’t attend a family gathering without a batch of my cookies.”